Sun Yat-sen is the George Washington of the Chinese people. He led the revolution that overthrew the imperial dynasty in 1911 to form a republic. Then the Chinese had a civil war but both sides believed they were carrying on the work of Sun Yat-sen. The Commies won and formed the People's Republic of China while the Nationalists went to Taiwan (or as they call it The Republic of China).
Taiwan was a founding member of the UN and on the Security Council and considered by most nations to be the legitimate government of China mainland included. In 1971, UN Resolution 2758 decided that the PRC was the legitimate government of China.
China (or at least the PRC) took a detour through Maoism but I think for China Sun Yat-sen's Abraham Lincoln inspired Three Principles of the People are of more fundamental importance than anything in Mao's little red book.